Egbert Interview – back in SA by popular demand
Egbert van der Gugten is a techno DJ/producer who has been scooped up by none other than Cocoon Records including GEM, a Dutch record label. He is a keen producer and a DJ who prides himself on his live sets. He was discovered on MySpace by Secret Cinema and has since worked with some of the best in the business such as Carl Cox, Funk D’Void, Marc Romboy and more. Egbert is back in Cape Town on the 28th of December and he will be headlining the Hello Techno party at ERA. He chats to us about a live six hour set that he played for fifteen hundred people, going kite surfing, other producers he hopes to work with in the future, and the ‘mixed cultures from South Africa’ that he enjoys.
You’re back in South Africa two years after your first gig here. What did you take away from your first Hello Techno gig and the local scene? And why do you think you’ve been invited back to play again?
Egbert Interview: People were literally dancing on each other’s shoulders last time, the sound, the intimate vibe and the mixed cultures from South-Africa, fantastic. It was one of the best parties that year. I LOVED IT.
You will be headlining the upcoming Hello Techno party with a solid three hour set. How are you planning on mapping out this performance and will it be a live set as you usually do?
Egbert Interview: I never played any track from anybody else. So yes it will be a live set once again. I played a six hour live set for one thousand five hundred people in Amsterdam all by myself one time. So I think I know how to work this out while playing. But I’ve never played a three hour set abroad. So this will be the very first time! (That’s how much I enjoyed last time)
What are some of your favourite aspects of being a part of the Cocoon label?
Egbert Interview: That people look up to the Cocoon brand and therefore like my music more [laughs].
Your gig roster is an impressive and dizzying international time table. How do you manage to keep yourself refreshed and invigorated in order to approach each show with equal stamina and zeal?
Egbert Interview: Kite surfing is my second hobby that charges me up during the week. It basically looks like this: GIG, STUDIO, KITESURFING, and REPEAT!
What did you find yourself being influenced with when you were working on your latest Knapperig EP?
Egbert Interview: Knapperig means crunchy. I think you can hear that [smiles].
Are there any other techno producers that you hope to one day work with and why them?
Egbert Interview: I already have a lot of dreams fulfilled, like working with Secret Cinema, Mauro Picotto, and Carl Cox etc. Other producers I’m really admiring at the moment are Paul Ritch and Jon Hopkins. Hugs from Holland! See you soon in Cape Town!